Sar moo sars (burmese curry turnovers)

Yield: 20 pieces

Measure Ingredient
2½ tablespoon Olive oil
1 small Onion, finely chopped
2 Garlic clove(s), minced
2 teaspoons Ginger, minced
1 (to 2) jalape¤o or other hot chilies seeded and minced
1½ teaspoon Curry powder
½ teaspoon Ground cumin
1 cup Cooked split peas
1 medium Potato, peeled finely chopped
⅔ cup Vegetable stock (approx)
Salt (opt)
15 Sheets phyllo dough (each 14x18 inches)
¼ cup Fine dry bread crumbs

1. Heat 1 tbs olive oil in a non-stick fry pan. Cook the onion, garlic, ginger, and chilies over medium heat until soft but not brown, 3-4 minutes, adding the curry powder and cumin after 2 minutes.

2. Stir in the peas, potatoes, and vegetable stock and simmer for 6-8 minutes, or until the potatoes are very tender and virtually all the stock has been absorbed. If the stock evaporates before the potatoes are cooked, add a little more. Correct the seasoning, adding salt or curry powder. The mixture should be highly seasoned.

3. Unwrap 15 sheets of phyllo dough and cover with a slightly damp dish towel or plastic wrap. Lay one sheet of phyllo on the work surface, lightly brush it with some of the remaining 1« tbs olive oil, and sprinkle with 1 tsp bread crumbs. Lay a second sheet of phyllo on top. Brush with more oil and sprinkle with bread crumbs.

Repeat with a third sheet of phyllo. Cut the sheets lengthwise into 3«-inch strips.

4. Place 1 generous tbs of filling 1-inch below the top of the strip.

Fold over one corner to cover the filling, then fold the strip as you would a flag to form a neat triangle. Continue making sar moo sars in this fashion until all the filling and phyllo dough are used up.

Brush the tops of the pastries with a little olive oil.

Can be prepared several hours ahead to this point and kept in the refrigerator.

5. Preheat the oven to 400øF. Bake the sar moo sars on a non-stick baking sheet until golden brown, about 15 minutes.

High-Flavor, Low-Fat Vegetarian Cooking by Steven Raichlen pg 21 Submitted By DIANE LAZARUS On 10-26-95

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